After Such Knowledge, what Forgiveness?: My Encounters with Kurdistan

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Avalon Publishing, Dec 10, 1998 - History - 356 pages
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Years ago, noting that Kurds—the largest ethnic group in the world without their own country—were involved in every major story he covered in Iran, Israel, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq, veteran reporter Jonathan Randal decided to produce this first-hand report on Kurdistan, a shocking, tragic account of diplomacy and politics in the Middle East, and a gripping adventure story about being a war reporter in the 1990s.Throughout the Kurds’ history, world powers have promised to help them achieve autonomy, and each time the Kurds have been betrayed. But they are also masters of betrayal: Randal, recording their talent for vehement internecine warfare and their gift for friendship, takes us behind the headlines to the inner story of power politics in the Middle East. His sympathetic knowledge of Kurdish history and his unparalleled access to Kurdish leaders and to diplomats, ministers, intelligence agents, warriors, and journalists makes him the only writer able to get this story for us and discover the truth.

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User Review  - empress8411 - LibraryThing

After reading A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State by Meredith Tax, I wanted to continue my acquisition of knowledge on the Kurds. I’ve had Randal’s book in my library for at least a ... Read full review


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A veteran journalist's engrossing take on the Kurds, a people who pose a constant difficulty for governments throughout the Middle East and the largest ethnic group in the world (25 million) without ... Read full review

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Jonathan C. Randal worked for years as a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, then for three decades as roving correspondent for the Washington Post. This book is the result of thirty years of his research, including numerous trips into Kurdistan. He lives in Paris.

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